Friday, February 24, 2017

New Picture Books

Circles - David Adler
The characteristics of circles as well as how to find the radius, diameter, circumference, and area of a circle are explained and illustrated in this geometry picture book.

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille - Jen Bryant
Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted more than anything was to be able to read. Even at the school for the blind in Paris, there were no books for him. And so he invented his own alphabet -- a whole new system for writing that could be read by touch. A system so ingenious that it is still used by the blind community today.
Schneider Family Book Award, 2017.

Egg - Kevin Henkes
Three little birds crack their way out of eggs and fly away, leaving one egg sitting all alone until the three chicks come back and discover a friendly baby alligator has finally hatched.

A Greyhound A Groundhog - Emily Jenkins
A tongue twister featuring a little round greyhound and a little round groundhog who work themselves into a frenzy as they whirl around and around one another.

Excellent Ed - Stacy McAnulty
Everyone in the Ellis family is excellent, except Ed the dog, who is determined to find something at which he, too, can excel.

Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History - Walter Dean Myers
Frederick Douglass was a self-educated slave in the South who grew up to become an icon. He was a leader of the abolitionist movement, a celebrated writer, an esteemed speaker, and a social reformer, proving that, as he said, "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free."

Little Penguins - Cynthia Rylant
During the first snowy day of winter, five little penguins bundle up and venture outside to play.

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean Michel-Basquiat - Javaka Steptoe
Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message and art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.
Caldecott Medal, 2017
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, 2017

The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes - Duncan Tonatiuh
Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines one of Mexico's cherished legends. Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised Popoca stayed by her side.
Pura Belpre Author Award Honor, 2017
Pura Belpre Illustrator Award Honor, 2017

Teacup - Rebecca Young
A boy travels across the sea in a rowboat in search of a new home, making a journey that is long and difficult--but also filled with beauty and hope.

Nanette's Baguette - Mo Willems
It's Nanette's first trip to get the baguette! Is she set? You bet!

We Are Growing! - Mo Willems
Walt is not the tallest or the curliest or the pointiest or even the crunchiest. A confounded blade of grass searches for his 'est' in this hilarious story about growing up.

Theodore Seuss Geisel Award, 2017

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